Michael McClure, Guitar

Michael-McClureMichael McClure has a career in music that spans for over forty years. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Mr. McClure has performed at national events with Native American blues artist “Smilin” Vic and with Native American flutist Terry Tsotigh.

 

Mr. McClure obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa in 1997, with an emphasis in performance guitar.  His remarkably warm personality along with a talent for composing and performing has afforded him the opportunity to perform for former President’s Bill Clinton and George H. Bush.

 

Music education plays a vital role in the life of Mr. McClure. For more than a decade, Mr. McClure performed along side Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame legend Earl Clark.  Both he and Clark were committed to teaching young children through Clark’s music outreach programs located in Tulsa.  In 2008, music teacher Shirley Davis and Mr. McClure co-founded the Burroughs Elementary Guitar Program.  Since that time, they have both directed the efforts of teaching over forty young aspiring musicians and participants every year.

 

In 2009, Mr. McClure joined the faculty of the bART and teaches guitar.  His music outreach programs located at Burroughs, Boevers, and Remington Elementary Schools are also sponsored by the bART.  Through these programs each year, Mr. McClure introduces fifty to seventy students to guitar, and many of them continue to enjoy a life-long interest in the study and performance of guitar.

 

In addition to his role as teacher and mentor, Mr. McClure continues with a variety of performance projects. He can be heard playing with other fine musicians at outdoor festivals and events around Green Country.

  • Education data on more that 25,000 secondary students reveals that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

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    – Source: Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts,” 1999 Retrieved December 13, 2011 from the NAMM Foundation Web site. [/quote]